Josh Rosenblum beats around the Bush

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We giggled ourselves into fits last year watching The Post and Courier pretend not to know anything about their new Spoleto critic Joshua Rosenblum’s creds as a card-carrying, Bush-bashing, blue-state Liberal. Rosenblum, you may recall (or not, if all you read was the P&C), was the writer and lyricist behind the NYC production Bush Is Bad: The Musical, a hilariously satirical savaging of The Decider and his administration cronies that was playing to sold-out audiences every week during Spoleto ’06. But while the paper trumpeted Rosenblum’s other writing and composing experience — most of which was in the distant past — they studiously avoided mentioning anything about his current critical success.

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At the end of last year’s festival, I got Rosenblum into the recording studio for my final podcast, and he happily opened up about the show (listen to that podcast at the bottom of this post). Later in the year, in October, Rosenblum mounted an updated production in New York entitled Bush Is Bad: Impeachment Edition. The same week that it opening there, local Democrats arranged to have the composer bring the show to Charleston Music Hall as a fundraising benefit for local Dems. The P&C finally, grudgingly, belatedly wrote a brief piece on the local event, in which reporter Brian Hicks allowed — literally in a parenthetical aside — that Rosenblum had been the paper’s Spoleto critic the previous spring. It was a little like watching the school principal trip and fall on his face, then stand up and try to pretend it hadn’t happened.

Rosenblum recently wrote me with the happy news that he’ll be returning to Charleston and the P&C next week as overview critic — and also with word that he's about to open yet another new incarnation of the hit show in New York, Bush Is Bad: Lame Duck Edition. In the meantime,last month Impeachment Edition opened in Los Angeles, and the initial box office numbers were so good they’ve extended the run for an additional two months. Congrats, Josh — I look forward to mentioning it in the coming weeks. Regularly and often.

Last year’s podcast with Josh Rosenblum: Audio file

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